The Search: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World (Hardcover)
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Find work you love. On your own terms.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Life Is in the Transitions comes a bold new road map for finding meaning and purpose in what you do, based on insights drawn from hundreds of life stories of Americans of all backgrounds.
America is at a once-in-a-generation turning point around work: unprecedented numbers are quitting their jobs, rethinking their routines, breaking away from stifling expectations. The most suffocating iron cage of all is the idea that each of us must follow a linear career—lock into a dream early, always climb higher, never stop until you reach the top. Few ideas have squandered more human potential.
Employing his signature, immersive approach, Bruce Feiler is known for taking complex challenges and converting them into actionable steps that can help each of us live with more fulfillment and joy. From thousands of hours of interviews, Feiler has distilled a powerful new vision of work: The people who are happiest don’t chase someone else’s dreams; they chase their own. Freed from outdated scripts, they identify what brings them meaning and write their own story of success.
The Search introduces an all-new toolkit for achieving that goal, 21 Questions to Find Work You Love. Practical and empowering, these questions will help you unearth the story of work you’ve been trying to tell your whole life—then go achieve it. You’ll discover:
· The upsides and downsides of work you learned from your parents;
· Why your childhood role model offers the best clue to what you should do now;
· Who is your waymaker;
· When to leave a job and when to stay;
· What is your purpose right now;
…and much more.
From a master storyteller who’s helped millions transform their lives for better, The Search arrives as the world reimagines the basic assumptions of work and offers a timely, urgent playbook for each of us to get the happiness we seek, the meaning we crave, and the success we deserve.
About the Author
Bruce Feiler is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers, including Life Is in the Transitions, The Secrets of Happy Families, and Council of Dads. His three TED talks have been viewed more than four million times, and he teaches the TED course How to Master Life Transitions. A native of Savannah, Georgia, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their twin daughters.
“In The Search Mr. Feiler makes the case that, by reflecting on their personal experience and asking a few probing questions of themselves, people can craft ‘work stories’—that is, narratives that help people make sense of their various professional twists and turns and help people create their own definitions of success alongside the meaning they are looking for.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Feiler’s game-changing guide to thriving in this new landscape and securing meaningful work is grounded in the experiences of hundreds of Americans from all walks of life.” —New York Post
“For years, Bruce Feiler has been writing and speaking about how we find meaning in our lives and nurture our spiritual selves, and he’s done it once again with a fantastic new book . . . The Search is invaluable for anybody who wants to find meaning in their lives and in their work. Which is to say, for everybody.” —Arianna Huffington, Thrive
“Bruce's first hand approach to his work, living the experiences he writes about, allows him to provide practical guidance on navigating life's transitions and finding reasons for why we’re all here.” —Elise Loehnen, Pulling the Thread podcast
“A useful, insightful guide to anyone who is seeking a more satisfying way to live.” —Kirkus
“[An] energetic challenge to status quo notions of success . . . [Feiler’s] down-to-earth delivery and emphasis on individual agency will resonate with readers seeking direction. Those at professional crossroads will benefit.” —Publishers Weekly